DPR completed UC Santa Cruz's new five-story, 142,000-sq.-ft. engineering building and an 8,000-sq.-ft., 250-seat lecture hall three months ahead of schedule, allowing the school full use of the facility a quarter earlier than planned. Using the CM-at-risk approach, we were able to participate early in the process, reducing costs by nearly $2 million through value analysis, schedule input and more competitive subcontractor bidding.
The challenges of this project were many, including building in the midst of a congested academic setting, site constraints, and working in winter with excessive rainfall. Before one speck of the eventual 50,000 yards of dirt was exported or 1,100 tons of steel erected, 15 months were shaved off the traditional UC system timetable for projects.
Equally impressive was the project's safety record: The DPR team logged 300,000 hours without an injury and worked 12 months without a recordable incident. Furthermore, the owner's representative ranked DPR an average of 67 percent better than “Best in Class” in the areas of safety, quality, cost management, planning, job staffing, teamwork, responsiveness, cost control/billing, change orders, and closeout.